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Op-ed: Eminent domain and the new threat to property rights
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On Tuesday, October 20, a Senate Judiciary subcommittee met to discuss and take testimony on S.868, a bill that would grant the power of eminent domain to a company constructing any kind of pipeline. Eminent domain, remember, is a power held by governments – not private companies – to expropriate private property for public use. The bill now in the General Assembly, however, would require private pipeline companies to go through a permitting process with both the Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) before the power of eminent domain could be exercised.